More than just a pretty face, renowned model Juana Burga has stayed connected to her roots throughout her growing and international career. The only Peruvian model to walk Milan, London, New York and Paris Fashion Week, Burga was selected to grace one of the six Vogue México covers this month as the fashion magazine celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Burga, who would have been just 8 years old when the magazine debuted, used the gloss-covered spotlight to announce her latest project, Nuna Awaq.
Meaning “soul of the artisan” in the native Quechua language, Nuna Awaq is a brand that offers textiles and home decor (think throws and pillow covers) handmade by Peruvian artisans. It serves as dual purpose, however, as a social initiative that promotes fair wages, cultural preservation and empowerment. Burga, already involved in the fashion world, will aid in bringing awareness not only to conserving traditional techniques, but the learning opportunities to be gained from cultures as rich as those in the Peruvian Andes.
“My foundation is a platform and a global community that support[s] and protects textile and natural fiber craftswomen, their families and the Latino communities from exploitation,” wrote the model on an Instagram post that excitedly shared her cover.
Burga’s cover shows the model with two young girls from the Andean community she works with, all wearing traditional clothes and grinning as they stand in the beautiful Sacred Valley landscape.
Photo: Dior via El Comercio
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